Replica of 100-year-old hybrid stars at the Moving Motor Show


Although Goodwood's Moving Motor Show – the curtain-raiser for the Festival of Speed – is traditionally about moderns, both Porsche and Ford used it as an opportunity to showcase their heritage yesterday (11 July).

Keen to demonstrate its long-standing affiliation with hybrid power – with a host of ‘green’ models in its current lineup – Stuttgart brought to its stand an exacting replica of the Lohner-Porsche Semper Vivus.

Developed in 1900 by eponymous Ferdinand, the Semper Vivus – meaning always alive – is powered by a pair of electric-hub motors. They are mounted in the front wheels and hooked up to individual batteries and generators turned by a pair of petrol engines, with no mechanical link to the driving wheels.

The three-year job of replicating the car was handed to the Porsche Museum and coachbuilder Hubert Drescher, using a mixture of replica parts and pre-existing components such as the DeDion Bouton engines.

Ford opted for a different stance lining up the company's iconic youngtimer XR2 next to its latest performance variant, the Fiesta ST.

The 1989 example on display had been owned by the same family for 15 years before being donated to Ford when the lady of the household decided to ‘reduce the size of the family fleet’.

It sports wide-section radial tyres, front disc brakes, cast alloy wheels, wheelarch extensions, plus front and rear spoilers.

The Moving Motor Show cars are just the tip of the iceberg with a huge number of classics set to wow the crowds over the coming weekend, plus the Cartier Style et Luxe concours and a Porsche display charting every incarnation of the 911.


Coventry Climax

Call me pedantic, but that looks like a carb-fed XR2 to me. Unless my memory is failing me, injection didn't come along until the Mk III Fiesta was introduced,

Russell Campbell

Not pedantic at all. You're completely right and the story has been updated accordingly. Must have been the Goodwood fever!

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